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The EUCPN publishes a toolbox series, with new titles appearing biannually. A toolbox focuses on the main theme of the Presidency and aims to support practitioners. It is a prevention-oriented manual in which we look at the difficulties and attempts to prevent the crime.

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The focus of this publication is twofold. First, it outlines the phenomenon of street gangs. Street gangs, or youth gangs, can take different forms in different countries or even cities. Starting from a European consensus definition, this Toolbox sheds light on the most important properties of street gangs. Special attention is devoted to the way in which gangs make use of the internet and social media. Secondly, the paper details three types of preventive approaches to youth gang problems: social work and welfare approaches to prevent recruitment into gangs, focussed deterrence policing strategies to reduce levels of gang violence, and exit programmes to stimulate rehabilitation of gang members and reduce recidivism. For each type of intervention, it looks at what we might or might not expect from it, what the difficulties are in successfully implementing it, and its overall effectiveness.

Toolbox street gang prevention

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These short papers focus on a common misconception in the crime prevention field.

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Why implement anti-burglary interventions when, as a result, burglars will merely relocate their activities to another nearby area? It is sometimes believed that implementing prevention interventions, such as CCTV cameras, will simply cause offenders to shift their activities to different locations, change their methods or find new targets. Yet this is only one of the possible outcomes an intervention can bring about. In practice, crime displacement is often outweighed by two other outcomes: a ceasing of crime and the diffusion of crime prevention benefits.

Read the mythbuster - Does crime prevented mean crime displaced?

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Our monitors present an overview of the current state of affairs and the most important European data on the phenomenon as well as recent trends. It also introduces strategies for the prevention of the phenomenon.

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domestic burglary

This paper aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by providing an overview of the initiatives which may, or may not, be successful in preventing domestic burglaries. All initiatives have been grouped in three categories: namely those for which strong evidence, moderate evidence or limited evidence is available. When labelling an initiative as having ‘strong evidence’, it means that several studies have consistently shown a reduction in the number of domestic burglaries, such as the one that was found to occur following target hardening by employing a combination of window locks, internal lights, door locks and external lights. Initiatives with the ‘moderate evidence’ label are those for which a limited number of studies have shown a promising impact in terms of crime reduction, such as property marking. However, more research is needed for this to be labelled ‘strong evidence’. Others, such as intruder alarm systems, have shown contradictory results or have not been evaluated properly yet but contain some characteristics that seem promising and deserve more attention. Finally, we would like to emphasise that lessons learned during implementation and the specific context should always be taken into account when policy makers and practitioners develop their own domestic burglary prevention strategies.

Read the monitor What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

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Thematic paper / policy paper

These papers are published by the EUCPN in connection with the theme of the Presidency and aim at policymakers. They are written as an overview to help understand the definition of the theme and also pay attention to the current European law and legislative actions.

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Policy paper

This policy paper was written in tandem with the toolbox ‘Preventing the victimisation of minors in the digital age - awareness-raising and behavioural change’ and focusses on the main theme of the Romanian Presidency; child victimisation online and offline.

10 years earlier, the EUCPN had already focused on this topic once, during the Swedish presidency. At that time, Council Conclusions were adopted containing recommendations. In this policy paper, the EUCPN looks back at these recommendations to identify recommendations which are still valid and others who need an update. First, this paper discuss’ the prevention of victimisation of minors in general, after which the paper zooms in on the prevention efforts in the school environment and in cyberspace.

Read the policy paper on the prevention of child victimisation - online and offline

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